Great school-- very caring, wonderful teachers, both grade level and auxiliary. Would recommend to anyone looking for a first rate elementary school.
Harvard Elementary is a gem of a school! The teachers are all very caring, progressive thinkers, who are encouraged by Mr. Beringer, the schools Principal, to seek out and learn new innovative and technological ways to teach in the classroom and keep the students engaged. A well rounded internationally broad educational experience is foremost at this little school. Thank you for a wonderful experience watching my child grow and learn.
Mr. Beringer, Harvard Elementary's school Principal, runs a tight ship at this school, which is why it has succeeded in its effort to become an IB World School, with major improvements in test scores over the past five years. Our child enjoys learning and is eager to come to school with children who are just as enthusiastic about learning. I would encourage all parents who work or have worked internationally to give your child an IB World School Harvard Elementary education.
Harvard is a wonderful IB school with great teachers, friendly staff and an amazing principal! Our daughter had an awesome Kindergarten there.
Harvard Elementary has been such a great school over the years, that I applied to have my children attend there, and drive eight miles through heavy traffic every morning to get them there on time. As for parents complaining, I would state that most of those parents want teachers and the school to raise their children do to a busy lifestyle. Harvard teaches children to be independent, handle conflict, and be productive citizens. My child was very-well prepared for middle school GT.
My son was being bullied his teacher told teachers did not get involved. Kids had to learn conflict resolution My son started coming home more withdrawn, physically hurt without any action from his teacher. Other parents who had similar issues told me they advised their children to physically defend themselves. Inventor/science fairs are poorly structured, left unclear to both student & parent making them difficult to navigate. I doubt the material is taught to students&often leaves the parents w/the bulk of work & little understanding as to what is expected. When attempts are made to discuss with teachers they seem equally clueless & pass blame to the teacher responsible for that project. I rarely receive graded work only report cards/progress reports. This makes it difficult to know what to work on with my child. This leaves me the expense of tutoring & the hope that my child is learning from his tutor. This school teaches to the center of the class. Doesnt help the struggling kids & keeps gifted students from reaching their potential teachers dont work as a unit with parents for students The themes & IB attitudes are great in theory but not applied/practiced.
Very disappointing experience with Kinder teacher. Such a shame since our first year exceeded our expectations.
About poorly thought out discipline, I disagree. Education starts at home and we shouldn't blame teachers for children's misbehavior. Dig in deeper, maybe there is an issue at home the child is trying to deal with or possibly bulling at home/school, or even stress, but don't blame somebody else when you are not an involved parent with the teachers or concerned staff members. Speaking for Hispanics, we tend to feel more welcomed when there's more talking, but other cultures are different and in the U.S. we all have to learn to play by the rules ---respect and appreciate the dynamics in diversity. IB attitudes should teach all of us something to apply. Teaching is not an easy job. That's why a lot has to do with passion!!!!We should support our teachers and not look at them as daily babysitters. Education is suffering enough and if it wasn't for Principal Beringer 's great leadership, the teachers' extra kids in class, PTA members trying to get extra funds, and parental involvement, our children wouldn't have such 7 out of 10 score. I fully support the Harvard staff and wish them a successful year!
Poorly thought out discipline, and a emphasis on test scores has left Harvard ripe with frustrated teachers. The leadership is lacking understanding of basic child development and current research on appropriate discipline approaches. We have been very disappointed in our child's educational experiences on quite a few occasions, and have seen many good families leave the school.
Harvard is a wonderful school. Not only is it a Magnet School for Technology, Science, Math, and Engineering, but it is also an IB school. I want my child to be a world learner/thinker. The parent involvement is getting better every year. The principal works hard to make this school top notch. Your lucky if your child gets a slot in this school!
Harvard is an award winning school that fosters leadership skills and inquiry based learning. The teachers are kind and extremely knowledgeable of their grade level and beyond. I appreciate the IB curriculum Harvard offers...I know that when my child graduates from there she'll be a world learner read for the 21st century.
I love the "sharing the planet" theme Harvard embraces with it's entire staff and students. Everyone that works or attends the school is so "Earth cautious" it makes its' way into the homes of each student. My son is always coming up with new ideas to save a particular animal or how we as a family can better the planet. Great school all around.
Everyone should have an opportunity to defend their school, however I am a parent that spoke truthfully about my experience with this school. There should not be any question of a parents integrity if they are merely asking for an enrollment application to fill out at home. After all, when you turn in the paperwork you must turn in all the valid documentation to prove your residency. It almost appears that arrogant and rude behavior is justified and defended and you are already guilty of being dishonest when you walk in the door. The principals comment about assuming my attendance was a talent show is also incorrect, it was Science Night, and everyone is encouraged to attend this function. In close, the school is a 7, not a 10. The list of 130+ is because of the neighborhood and area and the kids that attend the school. In close, when you deal with public in any capacity it is always better to be friendly, courteous, and exercise good customer service.
very very very very very very very very bad school .This school kicked a kid out only because a parent did not like the kid because he would talk to the parents daughter.so the parent did anything to take this poor kid out of this cool . finally when this kid was removed from this school he was taken to another school. this parent was actually this kids aunt .Can you believe that. I am angry at this school for believing what this kids aunt said when she told them he was an unpleasant kid to have at that school.
The school often encounters prospective parents that are not truthful about their residency, especially in the spring when magnet applications have been accepted and individuals do not like being told they are #130+ on the wait list. This can be perceived as rude and arrogant behavior when in fact, the prospective parent is at fault by not following established policies. Families that are truly zoned to the school are always given an opportunity to enroll with proper documentation. Teachers at Harvard are able to implement the curriculum under specific guidelines established by the school district and the state. To say that creativity is not possible is absurd. It is embraced. Our facilities are certainly not adequate and this person was obviously not happy with an overcrowded talent show that was originally for the children only, not parents. Next year the talent show will return to its roots and be held as an assembly for the student body only. The school district embraces choice and invites parents to choose a schools based on their child's needs. Harvard offers a challenging and quality education to all children. Kevin Beringer, Principal
I agree so far a few weeks of school and I too have encountered a few rude staff members especially in the registrars office definantly on a power trip. I felt very disrespected by one particular employee. Makes me not want to go in there ever again.
The front office staff at Harvard is kind and very helpful. We get many, many compliments throughout the year for friendliness and compassion. While nothing is perfect, the school does its best in all situations. I encourage this person to contact me if they have a specific concern so it can be addressed. We practice integrity at Harvard....I am honest and do the right thing. Visitors are encoraged to visit the school and see all the wonderful things that are going on. Kevin Beringer, Principal
This school may look nice from the outside, but do not be fooled!! The front office has very rude employees that need to be retrained on customer service!! They often get children confused with other children especially when it is an emergency. When the school says they will help out with children they fail to keep there end of the agreement!!
I attended this school my pre k through 5th grade year, and i am very glad i did! I'm a 18 year old senior about to graduate and sitting here makes me think about all the great opportunities I had at Harvard and wouldn't be the student i am today if it wasn't for this school! The day I walk on stage to get my diploma will be the day i remember being that 4 year old kid walking through the doors of Harvard Elementary and expecting the unexpected! THANK YOU HARVARD FOR IF IT WASN'T FOR YOU I WOULDN'T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY!
This is one of the very best magnet schools in HISD. Other elementary schools are now emulating themselves after this outstanding Heights school.
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